A couple of days spent in nature can do wonders on the mind, body, and spirit. A much needed respite before the holidays, I was craving time to unplug and reconnect with myself as the year drew to a close.
The holidays seem to magnify stress and work, and in anticipation, I found myself putting my self-care last. As an entrepreneur, I've felt incredibly lucky to have the opportunities that I do and the ability to design my life. With the abundance of opportunities and projects, though, I found myself out of balance and taking too much on.
A pattern and habit, I continue to work on everyday. I realized I needed a little more yin to my yang. Yin is the feminine energy of receptivity and introspection, while yang is the masculine energy of outward action.
I'm so grateful that my business allows me to design my schedule and take days off whenever I need to.
With the distraction of our phones and technology, it becomes too easy to be available 24/7 and to keep on working, or constantly be 'on'. Slowing down and unplugging during the most fast-paced time of the year, was the perfect way for me to balance this tendency.
It was time for me to unwind and reset, and thanks to Getaway House, I was able to experience slowness and boredom, and find comfort in the discomfort this week.
The Getaway House is a series of tiny, modern cabins located one and a half hours from Boston in Southern New Hampshire. It's an easy escape to nature, that's just far enough from the city.
What I appreciated most was the cozy, inviting atmosphere that Getaway House cultivated, and how they took care of all the camping planning you could think of. All I needed to do was show up. The movement they have started by creating this refuge in nature, I realized, is exactly what our modern world needs.
Each house is equipped with a stovetop and fridge, heat, wool blankets, towels, a shower, tableware, a fire pit and a picnic table. Food is available for purchase and their Pharmacopia shower products that are plant-based and biodegradable, made my heart sing.
I brought healthy food and it was comforting to know, if I forgot anything that I was covered.
I arrived to the sun, fresh air and quiet, around 3 PM and felt my entire body slowly shift into relaxation. As a Reflector in Human Design (find out your chart here), I truly need nature and time outdoors, to unwind and recharge.
Opportunity to Reset
For the next 36 hours, I slipped into a relaxing moment that seemed endless. I came to Getaway to hit the reset button on myself, and spend time in quiet reflection. In doing so, I was mindfully reminded of the present, and how we tend to rush through this so often in our urban day to day lives.
Throughout the experience there was a theme of reconnection to self, with a small guide journal provided to use during your stay. Filled with tips on how to maximize the experience of getting away, it including simple instructions for meditation, forest bathing, yoga, and more.
In the beginning of the journal, there were three pages with space to write out a commitment of what you want to remember to take away from your Getaway, into your daily life. Then there was a suggestion to burn the pages in the fire pit, after you'd written them. A sucker for rituals, I enjoyed the ceremony of setting my commitment (to remember what truly matters) and seeing it crackle in the flames.
Typically, as city dwellers we're used to staying indoors away from the cold in the winter, and Getaway reminded me of the natural quiet and beauty of this season. It's just as fun to experience the outdoors now as in any other season.
Like life, nature is quite similar. Each season is necessary, in order to proceed to the next. While the darkened, colder days can seem gloomy, they are necessary for rebirth, and the few hours of sunlight are just as worthy of our appreciation. Animals too, live in the present moment, not dwelling on the past and future, just simply being.
Taking time to just be, and to sit under a cozy blanket by the fire I realized, made winter quite easy to enjoy.
After cooking a healthy lunch, I decided to try forest bathing out for myself at the nearby Bear Brook Park. One hour of walking on the trails was all it took for me to feel my mood elevate and peace settle in.
There was an inspiring collection of books on hand to read, with topics on minimalism, conscious companies, and the classic Walden. A common thread that stood out in all these books, was how simplicity and living in alignment with our values, is the key to lasting joy. Being in nature reminds us of that. From my own book I brought, 52 Things Nature Teaches Us, I read this quote which really resonated with my stay:
"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be."
- Anne Frank
Going through my Saturn return in my life at the moment, not knowing what the next step is at any given time, can feel unnerving, to say the least. In astrology, Saturn's return typically takes place in an individuals life between the ages 20-29, and involves a complete upheaval of one's current life, in order to make room for changes in their next stage.
With a dizzying amount of options out there, it's been my focus to turn inward and be led to my next step by my intuition. Being silent and still in nature, with space to meditate and daydream, made this possible.
As my doTERRA essential oils and diffuser always come with me wherever I travel, I was inspired by this experience to create a beautiful Getaway diffuser blend. Each oil carried in it a particular aspect which represented the qualities that embodied the Getaway experience.
Green Mandarin: Green Mandarin is known for its soothing properties for the nervous system and can be supportive of healthy digestive function. The two emotional and physical systems are intertwined. This experience was a vacation for my nervous system, and gave it a healthy reset. Since our moods affect our digestive system, the tummy was balanced as well.
Patchouli: Patchouli is an incredibly grounding oil, which brings you back into your body. So often we get caught in our spiritual pursuits or other forms of mental distraction, while Patchouli brings grounding and stabilizing forces, to stay at peace and present in the body. It has a calming, recovering, and stabilizing benefit to your mind and body. The same can be said for this getaway in nature.
Kumquat: Kumquat is the oil of authentic presence, and its for those that use a cheerful external disposition that masks self doubt, anxiousness, and unease hidden within. These individuals have been taught to repress feelings in order to be accepted. Kumquat instructs that true happiness comes only through real, honest, and unstudied living. It invites you on the quiet inner journey to self alignment and healing. Being in sacred solitude reminded me of who I really was, without the stress and bustle of city living.
When I got home, I made a promise to myself to escape the city and spend time in nature for a weekend, at least once a month. The benefits on my psyche were worth their weight in gold. The sense of inner peace and deep relaxation has stayed with me.
I'm in deep gratitude for Getaway House for reminding me of the sacred beauty of New England weather, and for giving me the opportunity to reset and connect to myself.
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